An Excerpt from Home and Family Caregiving by Tiffany Tyndall — The Entirety of A. What Caregiving Involves

Caregiving isn’t easy, no matter how simple it seems on the outside.  If everything goes the way it should, at best I’m just exhausted by the end of the day.  But usually things don’t go the way they “should.”  There are always interruptions and unexpected turns that the day takes.

It’s common to feel used, under-appreciated, taken for granted, and mistreated.  A lot of what is done around the house and for others often goes unnoticed because a well-run home and family looks easy on the outside and doesn’t attract attention the way a poorly run home and family does.  Regardless, there is always something that throws a wrench into the mix that makes the day unique and challenging.  And if there ever is a day when nothing special or out of the ordinary happens, then it’s like a vacation of sorts.  Yet undisturbed routine (which often ends up being the hoped-for goal in all of this) in itself can bring with it boredom and complacency.

So for a person to take on the role of full-time, vocational caregiving, it involves a lot.  A lot of strength, determination, and faith in God.  The job is physically demanding, emotionally draining, and often thankless.  Those who attempt to tackle the job without anchoring themselves in the Lord are setting themselves up for dismal failure.  It cannot be done without supernatural help.  But with God, the caregiving of the home and family brings with it rich rewards and can even be an enjoyable delight.

The following scripture verses are only a sampling of the portions of the Bible that have brought me hope, renewed my faith, and replenished love in my heart so that I could do my job to the fullest, with joy, peace, and zeal.  Focusing the mind and heart on the Lord is the key to successful home and family caregiving.  I tried to pull out the verses that have had a pivotal impact on me as I’ve gone through the journey of being a woman, wife, and mother.  The journey is never over, so I hope that as time continues to go on, I will only get better and better at this, while growing all the more in the Lord.

I encourage you to read these verses in your own Bible so that you can personalize these truths and so that you can get a feel for the context.  May your heart be strengthened, your hope restored, and your purpose renewed.

Home and Family Caregiving by Tiffany Tyndall is available for purchase here.

This writing is also included in Loved: Writings on Motherhood and Caregiving, a collection of reflective and expository writings by Tiffany Tyndall.

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